Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kamal Kaur and Balbir Singh, the Menlo Park couple killed by a drunk driver while they walked their dog.
Kaur and Singh were walking their dog eastbound along Chilco Street near Constitution Drive in Menlo Park at around 7 p.m. when they were hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver. The vehicle struck the couple from behind, launching them into the air. The vehicle then swerved across the center divider, hit another car, and slammed into a tree. They both died at the scene, with investigators stating that they likely died instantly from the impact. Their dog, Teddy, was injured and is now being cared for by the Peninsula Humane Society. The four occupants in the car that was hit were not injured but the car suffered minor damage.
The tragic incident took place on a section of Chilco Street that does not have a pedestrian sidewalk and curves more than 90 degrees. Investigators believe the couple may have been walking in the bike lane. The area is commercial and industrial and is a ten minute walk from the couple’s home. According to a family member, Kaur and Singh walked their dog on the street every day without incident.
The driver of the car, Marjorie Reitzell, 54, of Redwood City, was taken to Stanford Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Authorities at the scene described her as visible intoxicated. She was arrested at the hospital and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. California Department of Motor Vehicle records show that Reitzell has a previous conviction for drunken driving in November 2012. She currently holds a valid driver’s license but is on probation. At the time of the accident, her blood alcohol level measured .15, nearly twice the legal limit.
Kamal Kaur and Balbir Singh, who were both in their 50s, leave behind three teenage children.
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